It Takes a Certain Village

certo, certare,certavi,certatus (Latin)

  1. fight, strive
  2. vie (with), contest, contend/struggle (at law/politics), dispute

the light is ever bending into wiry shades:
long fingers branches of the willow trees
catch the sun as it sinks in its entirety

and children play in these gangling shadows
twisting, unraveling their dark with their white
as parents gaze certain upon their delight

yet they sit aside waiting for them inside
hard fixed walls keep windows decided
safety for tired eyes who long for respite

a million eyes happy upon a sinking sun
hoping children’s playtime will soon be done
a million eyes praying lost victory be won